An aneurysm occurs when there is an area of the artery wall that is weakened and creates a balloon-like bulge. If it protrudes too far, the blood vessel may rupture. While aneurysms can occur anywhere in the body, they are most serious when they affect the body’s main blood vessel, the aorta. Aortic aneurysms can be life-threatening if not detected early.
At Corrielus Cardiology, we are committed to your heart health and overall well-being. In doing so, we provide top quality care when it comes to detecting and treating aneurysms and other heart conditions. Dr. Corrielus is a leading cardiologist who takes pride in serving the Philadelphia community with excellence.
Symptoms & Causes of Aneurysms
When it comes to aneurysms, it is important to be aware of the symptoms, causes and risk factors so that you can avoid the serious dangers of a ruptured aneurysm. In most cases, aneurysms develop gradually over the course of many years. Often, they produce no symptoms until they expand quickly, rupture or leak blood along the vessel wall.
A ruptured aneurysm is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate attention. Signs you may have a ruptured aneurysm include:
- Pain (severe, sudden or persistent)
- Clammy skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
- Low blood pressure
The cause of aneurysms are not always known, but may be attributed to an existing aortic disease or sudden injury. There are some known risk factors for developing an aneurysm, including family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. Therefore, it is imperative that patients understand that a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition, exercise and stress management, is paramount for promoting healthy blood vessels and preventing aneurysms. At Corrielus Cardiology, we can help you determine your specific risk factors and educate you on ways you can decrease your likelihood of developing an aneurysm.
Treatment of an Aneurysm
Treatment of an unruptured aneurysm is based on its size and location. If appropriate, we can closely monitor your aneurysm for any changes or growth. Larger aneurysms may require surgery to reinforce the artery wall and prevent potential rupture.
To learn more about treatment for aneurysms at Corrielus Cardiology or to determine your level of risk for an aortic aneurysm, please contact our office today. Our Philadelphia cardiology practice is focused on integrative medicine that promotes the overall health and well-being of our community members.